Shani Mootoo was born in Ireland, grew up in Trinidad, and lives in Canada. She holds an MA in English from the University of Guelph, writes fiction and poetry, and is a visual artist whose work has been exhibited locally and internationally. Mootoo's critically acclaimed novels include Moving Forward Sideways Like a Crab, Valmiki?s Daughter, He Drown She in the Sea, and Cereus Blooms at Night. She is a recipient of the K.M. Hunter Artist Award, a Chalmers Arts Fellowship, and the James Duggins Outstanding Mid-Career Novelist Award from the Lambda Literary Awards. Her work has been long- and shortlisted for the Scotiabank Giller Prize, the International DUBLIN Literary Award, and the Booker Prize. She lives in Prince Edward County, Ontario.
This week was a sweet one on the blog: we baked a French Apple Cake to pair with a fell-good book, two artists had an endearing conversation about depictions of queer love, translator Katia Grubisic shared an adorable moment from her childhood, and more.
We can't count our age on one hand anymore: All Lit Up turns six today! To commemorate our birthday, we're counting to six with a look back on six of our favourite moments on the blog AND six + six books we loved this year (+ discounts & a contest!).
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This week on All Lit Up: staff book picks for fall reading, debut poetry, Leonard Cohen, thrilling historical fiction, and more.
This week we bring you weekend plans with literary pairings to classic flicks. Read on for that and other bookish news on the blog and from around the web.
This week we serve up big pool party energy, reading follow-ups, Scarborough, and much more!
For our final week of our July book club, we've rounded up four follow-up reads to Shani Mootoo's Polar Vortex (Book*hug Press) that'll keep the reading times rolling.
This week we recommended books to beat the quarantine ennui, chatted with author Shani Mootoo for #ALUbookclub, read harder with a duo of books by authors of colour, and more!
This week in news that isn't about that open letter, we recommend books for food lovers this Culinary Arts Month, gab about our July #ALUbookclub pick, share new poetry from Kevin Spenst, marvel at some nerdy engineering, and more.
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